Private Family Experience: Vatican Tour for Kids

2 hrs 30 mins
Refundable booking
vatican tour for kids

LivTours Family Experience: Vatican Tour for Kids Private Tour is the perfect tour for the whole family! A fantastically fun tour, your private Vatican Family Friendly experience explores the vast history and art collections of the Vatican Museums in a way that is fun and engaging for kids: a one-of-a-kind interactive kids tour. Who are we kidding… it’s a lot of fun for adults too! Highlights of your private tour include the many collections of the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other special gems, like the Egyptian museum, added specifically for our younger guests.

We understand that traveling with kids can be difficult sometimes, especially in large museums like the Vatican, which can easily be overwhelming for a child. With LivTours Family Experience you can rest assured that even the youngest ones will be engaged, have fun, and learn a whole lot! With a LivTours original kids interactive booklet filled with activities and quizzes, your family will make its way through the incredible collections of the museums, led by your very own LivTours top-rated family-friendly expert guide. It will surely be an experience to remember and for your kids to share with their friends when they get home!


  • Enjoy an exclusive Private Tour of the Vatican that is perfect for your kids
  • Skip the Line and delight in direct entry to the Museums – no waiting in lines
  • Engage in a fun and interactive experience for the whole family throughout your tour
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece - the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn from and have fun with a LivTours top-rated kid-friendly guide

Exclusive private Tours and Experiences. Also offered in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish and Russian

Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)

Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English

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Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions

Your Vatican Tour for Kids is designed to make the most efficient use of your time right from the start, so the little ones never have a chance to get bored. That is why you begin with Skip-The-Line access, and get your adventure going without having to wait in long lines. Your guide will start with getting to know the kids and finding out what they are curious and interested in. Activity books will be handed out and the games begin!

You will not only visit the highlights, but your guide will also tailor the tour to include rooms and collections that are the most fun for kids. This will give your children time and space to be curious and ask questions, so they can take it all in. Did you know that there is a mummy in the Vatican City? Learn about Egyptian history and how the ancient Egyptians communicated, it’s quite similar to today’s emojis! We’ll continue through the museums visiting the Laocoon Priest of Troy, the Gallery of Maps (a kids’ favorite!), and make your way to Michelangelo’s incredible Sistine Chapel.

Lots of tales exist about how this Chapel came to be, stories that have been passed down for centuries. LivTours is committed to continuing this tradition, passing these stories down to your kids, the next generation of art lovers.

As you exit the Sistine Chapel, your guide will walk you through a direct entryway into the world’s largest church: St. Peter’s Basilica (please note that there might be a security line). See Bernini’s Baldacchino, an altar made entirely of bronze; the Pietà, another Michelangelo masterpiece; the Holy door, which absolves sins when walked through during a Jubilee year, and more.

As your tour ends, your guide will check to see that all the booklet activities have been completed and award prizes to the kids.


  • LivTour's exclusive interactive booklet & Gifts
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Round Room
  • Lacoon Priest of Troy
  • Tapestries & Maps
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Saint Peter's Basilica*

  • The interactive children’s booklets are only made in English.
  • This activity booklet is designed for children from ages 5 – 10 years old and is perfect for mixed age families; if older children are also present, our guides are capable and ready to adapt material and the tour’s content.
  • Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
  • Backpacks are not permitted in the Museum.
  • There is no photography allowed in the Sistine Chapel.
  • *St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies. If closed, the time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended.
  • *Saint Peter’s Basilica is closed on most Wednesdays mornings due to the weekly Papal Audience. If you book this tour for a Wednesday the time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended.
  • *Please note: Michelangelo’s Pietá is currently under restoration until September 2024
  • Please be aware that the Sistine Chapel is a Holy Place and talking during your visit inside is strictly forbidden, therefore your guide will give you an explanation of the Sistine Chapel beforehand during your tour, in order to give you a comprehensive explanation before entering the chapel.
  •  Everyone in your group, regardless of age, needs a government issued ID to enter the Vatican Museums.

LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry.  LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism  and how LivTours is contributing, click here.


When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable. *Some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


Make your experience even more unique by upgrading your LivTours experience. Please note: add-ons are non refundable.

Add VIP Visit to a Secret Room
In the Cabinet of the Masks, a Vatican secret room which is open only to partners of the Museum, see exclusive ancient Roman statues of Aphrodite & Nymph, inspired by Ancient Greek masterworks and a series of intricate mosaics lifted from Emperor Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. In the Bramante Staircase, see the first spiral staircase ever made, tucked away in the most striking secret room of the Vatican, open only to partners of the Museums. Originally a side entrance to the Belvedere Palace, it was the main entry for artists and workers. In fact, Michelangelo used this winding ramp hundreds of times as he came and went from his work in the Sistine Chapel. In the Niccoline Chapel, witness the spectacular frescos of Fra Angelico, whose work in this private chapel once used by Pope Nicholas V is a true a masterpiece of 15th century painting and considered to be the highpoint of so-called "Christian Humanism." You may not book any other combination than the ones displayed here. If you would like to visit all the secret rooms, please see our Deluxe Private Vatican Tour with Secret Rooms. PLEASE NOTE: You must book your tour at one of the start times indicated below which corresponds to the add-on you are requesting. If the start time listed below is not available on our website, please choose the closest time available and request the specific time from below in the "notes" at checkout and we will modify your booking. Bramante staircase - 9:00 AM or 1:00 PM Niccoline Chapel - 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, or 3:00 PM Cabinet of the Masks - 1:00 PM Bramante Staircase & Niccoline Chapel - 12:00 PM or 2:00 PM
starting from 400 €
One Way Pick-Up Transfer Service
With the one way pick up service, your driver will pick you up directly from your accommodation and drive you to the meeting point where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Guarantee stress-free. One way only.
starting from 85 €
Add Exclusive Mosaic Making Workshop
Get a hands-on experience on the ancient and incredible technique of Mosaic making in a phenomenal and original lab in central Rome. Your guide will walk you there as soon as the tour is over.
starting from 200 €

  • Family tour at the Vatican

    We had a great time on the tour. We were a challenging group because we had a big day the day prior and the children were tired but Michela did a fantastic job of trying to engage them. She was a wonderful guide and we would highly recommend.

    - Santo Family
  • Wonderful company

    Thank you very much for your wonderful company. We posted 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor but I did want to express directly to you how much my family and I enjoyed and appreciated the tour that Livia gave us of the Vatican. She was a knowledgeable and kind guide. Her tour was a highlight of our visit to Rome.

    - Jim G.
  • Great family tour

    We very much enjoyed our tour at the Vatican with Raf - she was friendly, informative and patient as we sometimes dawdled through the wonders of the Vatican, trying to soak up everything! It was an added bonus for the kids to get some materials to take home to remind them of their visit. It was also great to see some parts of the Vatican that were 'just for us’ as LivTours participants. Thanks LivTour team for an unforgettable experience!

    - Michelle
  • Best part of the trip!

    Our two kids, 7 and 9, say this Vatican tour has been the best part of their Rome trip. Alex was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and always kept the kids engaged with interesting facts, games and answering their questions. Five stars!

    - Andres
  • Davide rocks!

    Boy are we glad we booked this tour! The kids would have been bored and cranky with all the miles to walk and artwork that goes a bit over their heads. But with LivTour's Davide, he had them eating out of his hand for the entire tour! They were excited to take part in his treasure hunts, "where's wally"-kind of games, questions that were really stimulating for them and that provoked them to really use their imaginations. They chattered about how much fun they had and how much they had learned throughout dinner that night. This was money extremely well spent!!

    - Chystal
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